The Community Wellness and Massage Expo will take place at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Greater Ottawa County United Way.
Every participating health professional has also contributed gift certificates for services to be drawn as door prizes, and everyone attending will receive a free ticket for the door prize drawings. Other local health professionals will share their skills and expertise through informative presentations every half-hour.
Wendy Schweifler, a licensed massage therapist in Grand Haven and one of the organizers of the expo, said she sees a great opportunity for it to become an annual event.
“Massage therapists, naturopathic physicians and chiropractors can serve as partners in prevention and wellness, helping people to overcome illness and achieve greater satisfaction from life,” she said. “We hope this expo will allow people to explore and learn more about massage and other practices that offer great benefits — with no commitment or strings attached.”
Schweifler, a long-time United Way volunteer, added that making the expo a benefit for the local United Way was a “perfect fit.”
“United Way focuses on improving the community’s health, education and financial stability,” she said. “And we, as health professionals, think our work has an impact on all of those.”
The schedule of presentations includes:
— 11a.m.: “How Massage Relieves Chronic and Acute Pain” by Wendy Schweifler, licensed massage therapist.
— 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: “Thai Chi: Self Care Between Massages” by Marcia Geissinger, certified personal trainer and wellness coordinator for Generation Care.
— Noon: “Benefits of Massage After Auto Collision” by Dr. Stephen Brown.
— 12:30 p.m.: “Benefits of Nutrition and Massage” by Dr. David Albrecht, Natural Path Inc.
— 1 p.m.: “Benefits of Prenatal Massage” by Dr. Sara Young.
— 2 p.m.: “Learn to Massage Your Partner” by Kim Hirai, certified massage therapist.
Certified massage therapist participants in the expo are Stephanie Chan, Lotus Touch Massage; Kim Hirai, Massage4Motion; Wendy Markgraf, Inside-Out Bodyworks; Mary Caswell, Versatility Hair Salon and Day Spa; Chelsea Kivel, Healthzone Chiropractic; George Schippers, Stellar Bodywork by George; Hilary Wierenga, CMT, Norton Pines; and Wendy Schweifler, Bod-E-Nomics.
Loutit District Library Director John Martin said the library will also have a collection of massage books, to be found across from the Adult Information Desk, available for checkout during the expo.
For more information, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org or www.amtamassage.org, or see “Community Wellness and Massage Expo” on Facebook, or call the library at 842-5560, ext. 214.